Post # 1
Is a gift generally expected at an at-home reception?
We are planning a small wedding in Disney World followed by a Welcome Home party a few weeks later. The wedding will have a guest list of approximately 30-35, but I can easily see the guest list for the at-home party being at least 150 and the list keeps growing. We are hoping it will be a very casual thing where guests can drop in, grab some food, see some wedding photos and offer their best wishes.
Because it will be so casual, I’m comfortable with a big guest list as long as I know how much food we need to have. However, I’m afraid that by inviting so many people, it will look like a total gift grab, which it’s not intended to be AT ALL. It’s more that we have lots of friends who have expressed an interest in being involved and this seems the best way. However, I don’t want anyone to feel like just because we’ve invited them, we’re expecting a gift.
Post # 3
I don’t think people will see this as a gift grab. Many couples who have Destination Wedding have an at home reception so that they can celebrate with their friends and loved ones who couldn’t attend; I think its a pretty normal thing. 🙂
Post # 3
I definitely don’t think people will see it as such, especially if you emphasize the casual-ness in your invite. So long as there’s tons of food, drinks and good times to be had most will just see it as a chance to celebrate your marriage and have a great time 🙂 You probably will get a fair amount of gifts, but of course they’ll be well-meaning.
PS – I am so envious of those who are doing Disney weddings! If only we could get our families down there, we’d so do that.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort
Some people will bring a gift, but most will not. Just accept what you get graciously, because giving a gift is important to those people who choose to do so. Post wedding parties of this sort do not require a gift from the invitee, as long as you don’t call is a Wedding Reception.